Youth Week offers packed program for Gunnedah

Gunnedah Shire Council

The 2021 program for Youth Week in Gunnedah has it all, from comedy to cricket, and from debating to a mental health workshop.

NSW Youth Week 2021 is April 16 to 24 and is an opportunity for young people to share ideas, attend events, have their voices heard, showcase their talents, celebrate their contribution to the community, and have fun.

Gunnedah Shire Council Manager Customer and Community Relation Charlotte Hoddle said Gunnedah’s exciting program reflected the range of interests and issues facing the region’s young people.

“We have had huge interest from organisations and local businesses to be part of the Gunnedah Youth Expo this year,” Ms Hoddle said.

“The Youth Expo will be held on Wednesday, April 21 and is a great opportunity for young people to look ahead and talk to people about jobs, education pathways and their wellbeing. For the first time, the Youth Expo will include local businesses that employ young people in apprenticeships or offer other opportunities.

“But the Youth Expo is only one of the many events that will be held in Gunnedah for Youth Week.

“The Inter-School Debate will pit the debating talents of Gunnedah High School against St Mary’s and Carinya for the first time on Thursday, April 22. Young people between 12 and 25 will have the chance to exercise their funny bones at a Stand-Up Comedy workshop on Friday, April 23.

“There is also the wonderful Nextwave Youth Week Film Festival on Saturday, April 24 featuring 20 short films made by young regional Australian filmmakers.

“Other amazing events include the Carroll Cricket Day on Friday, April 16, a presentation on Early Intervention of Youth Mental Health for ages 16 and over on Friday, April 23, PCYC’s Star Jump Challenge and a Hospitality Basics course at the Community College starting on Monday, April 19.

“It’s a vibrant program with something for everyone and we really encourage young people, who are such an important part of our community, to get involved.”

A Skateboarding Workshop held this week as part of the School Holiday Program and as an early Youth Week event was fully booked with 40 kids developing their skate skills and having fun.

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